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Embark on a foodie tour around the pintxos bars of San Sebastian

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Highlights

Some of the highlights included are:

  • Explore the food markets of Madrid
  • Admire the Gothic architecture of Burgos
  • Taste wine and cheese in famous La Rioja
  • Embark on a foodie tour around the pintxos bars of San Sebastian

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What's included
  • Direct international flights
  • 7 nights in 4-5* hotels
  • 8 days' car hire
  • San Sebastian Grab Your Pintxos tour
Need to know
  • Arrives: Madrid Airport (MAD)
  • Time difference: GMT+1
  • Visa requirements: British passport holders don’t need a visa to visit Spain, but you should ensure that your passport is valid for the duration of your stay.
  • Language: Spanish
  • Currency: Euro (€)
  • Flying time from UK: around 2 hours
  • Plug type: 2 round pins
  • Voltage: 230 volts
Your route
 

Itinerary

Day 0
Fly from UK to
Day 1
Madrid

Spend the day exploring Spain’s captivating capital city. Stroll to Plaza Mayor, the perfect spot to stop for a chilled jug of sangria. Continue to Parque del Buen Retiro Park and perhaps rent a paddleboat and row over the pretty lagoon, or take in the grand Royal Palace. After working up an appetite, head to the Mercado de San Miguel, a historic 19th century indoor market which is bursting with food stands offering everything from paella in tomato sauce, to seafood and local wine. Finish the day with churros dipped in a mug of thick hot chocolate at Chocolateria San Gines, among Madrid’s most famous churro stops.

4* Emperador

Day 2
Burgos

Admire the extraordinary Gothic cathedral on a stroll through the historic centre, and visit the Museum of Human Evolution, designed by award-winning architect Juan Navarro Baldeweg. This region is famous for three specialities; blood sausage, sheep’s cheese and Ribero del Duero wine. An hour north of Burgos is where you’ll find the Bodegas Portia winery, where you can taste tipples served with delicious tapas

5* Landa

Days 3-4
La Rioja

Visit the hamlet of San Millan, situated deep in the green valley, where you’ll find two UNESCO-listed monasteries. Head to the small village of Briones for the best views over the vineyards, and explore the Bodego Ysios winery. There are plenty of unique dining opportunities to try here - perhaps enjoy pinxto inside a house built into the cave at Bodega la Petra, or dine in a 17-th century vaulted cellar at Los Calaos de Briones.

4* Hotel Boutique Real Casona De Las Amas

Days 5-7
San Sebastian

Join a foodie tour and eat and drink your way around the Basque region; wander through the old town and stop for plates piled high with freshly-grilled prawns, spicy padron peppers, patatas bravas and salted cod. You’ll also sample local wines, cider and craft beer.

4* Hotel Astoria 7

Grab Your Pintxos tour

Day 8
Depart San Sebastian and return to the UK

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